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Military officers to resign if contesting the 2014 elections By MAIKA BOLATIKI It is the right of every eligible Fijian to contest the 2014 general elections. This also applies to
13 May 2012 09:49

Military officers to resign if contesting the 2014 elections

By MAIKA BOLATIKI

It is the right of every eligible Fijian to contest the 2014 general elections.
This also applies to members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), says RFMF Land Force Commander Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga.
However, they would have to tender their resignation from the military, he said.
The roadmap for Fiji’s return to democratic elections has been set out clearly by the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
Colonel Tikoitoga said the military would see that the roadmap was properly followed so that a transparent election was carried out in 2014.
He said it was important that all Fijians supported the roadmap, especially the work on the constitutional process to see a new Constitution before the 2014 elections. As announced by Commodore Bainimarama, from October to the end of December 2012 the Constitutional Commission will collate public submissions.
Based on the guiding principles, the commission will draft a Constitution.
The draft constitution will then – in January 2013 – be submitted to a constituent assembly.
According to the Prime Minister the constituent assembly will consist of representatives of civil society groups and organisations that are Fijian-registered, including faith-based organisations, national institutions, political parties, and the Government.
The assembly will consider the draft constitution in an inclusive and transparent process, based on the guiding principles.
The composition of the constituent assembly will be announced by December of this year.  The draft constitution will then be submitted to the constituent assembly in January 2013.
“Once the constituent assembly approves the Constitution by the end of February 2013, it will then be assented to by the President.”
Colonel Tikoitoga said the new Constitution would give a clear indication on the elections, but he confirmed all military personnel intending to contest the 2014 elections would have to tender in their resignations.




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